March 2013Vol. 14, No. 2Youth Credentials Tool
By 2018, more than two-thirds of the projected 47 million job openings will require some postsecondary education or training, according to a study based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Youth can improve their chances of finding good-paying jobs by attaining credentials that employers desire.
The Employment and Training Administration's (ETA) Division of Youth Services in the U.S. Department of Labor has launched Credentials for Youth: Success in the 21st Century. The tool provides youth with a step-by-step process for attaining credentials in occupations that are in high demand. The four steps include:
- Finding high-demand occupations using Labor Market Information (LMI)
- Finding promising occupations for youth served by Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs
- Determining occupations with pathways to career advancement
- Discovering credentials needed for identified promising occupations
The Credentials for Youth tool also offers examples of programs already helping youth attain credentials in Georgia, California, and Indiana.
Credentials for Youth: Success in the 21st Century is available here: